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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 3,374
Reviews: 1,020
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 29
Gots: 380 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 3,374 | Reviews: 1,020
Reviews by Thur123:
Photo of Thur123
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours with about two and a half fingers worth of slightly tan head. Craggy bubbles recede at a moderate pace. The brew is a deep brownish orange. The smell is noble, herbal, and sweet towards the end. An interesting smell that reminds me of both Czech Pilsner and English ESB (a la London Pride). The sheer amount of hops and citrus are what make this American.

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The flavor is lots of noble tasting hoppiness that's both very light and dense with flavor. The back end of the hop profile ends like herbal candy. Lemon citrus zest is present throughout and maybe even a bit of orange and grapefruit as well. Overall a very impressive showing from BBC in my opinion. A full bodied and drinkable IPA with subtle complexity but enough bitterness and punch to match my desire.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Dayvcrocket
4.34/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decent brew from SA...I prefer this over Rebel IPA.Best Samuel Adams I've had so far.

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer on hand to sit back and watch the Big Chill,Go Blue!

Poured into a nonic a rich clear bronze with a large fluffy white head that left multiple rings of lace as it settled ever so slowly.Aromas are a great mix of herbal,leafy,and citric hop overtop of a English malt base,big caramel and biscuit.A great hop profile on the palate,its herbal,its grassy,and its citric,all three German,American,and English hop profiles going on,a bit of iron,and caramel biscuit malt hold up well to the hops.There isnt many American craft brewers that make a better "standard" American IPA than this,I would gladly drink alot more of this.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. A steady pour yields an inch of off white foam which cascades down to offer some frothy lace.

Average smell with only light citric hops that are clean and bright yet offer a little depth. Used too IPA's having a much more hoppy taste and smell but I can live with this. A bit light on the ABV @ 5.8% too. Slightly coarse and drying on the finish. Well balanced carbonation and finish, though a bit sweet and creamy for the style.

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes made on 12/4/10.

48 pours amber-orange with a slight, well-retaining light khaki head. The carbonation is copious and moves swiftly up my snifter. The lacing is quite nice- sticky and cascading like a waterfall.

Caramel malt aromas blend fairly evenly with a grassy and slight citrus hop profile. There is also a biscuit-esque dry character evident. Overall, the grassy hops and biscuit aromas dominate the smell.

A somewhat spicy hop character jumps on my tongue, along with the grassy hop notes that I smelled. Caramel malts do a fairly nice job standing up to the hop combination. The finish hints at sweet citrus hops (orange and tangerine) and a biscuit flavor supports the citrus-hop finish.

Lat. 48 has a solid, creamy medium feel on the middle of my palate, while the hop combination lends a biting crispness to the sides of my mouth. The carbonation complements the other aspects of the feel with it's effervescence. I think the mouthfeel is the finest aspect of this beer.

I will not necessarily seek this out over many other IPAs, but it is interesting enough to have once in awhile. It would certainly be sessionable at 5.8%, as well.

Photo of MadScientist
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: It pours a light copper with good clarity and a finger of rocky off-white head. The head has good retention and leave some lacing on the glass.

S: A confusion of a medium Old and New World hops aromas that is mostly citrus and earthy with some and floral notes. There is a moderate malt sweetness with some caramel and bready character. It has a light bit of ale esters mixed with a low alcohol aroma.

T: The hops blend is interesting with medium-strong flavors that are again citrusy and earthy with some spice and floral highlights. There is medium caramel and honey malt sweetness against slighty more hops bitterness making for a balanced] that is modestly bitter. There is a light fruitiness from the ale yeast and a light alcohol in the background.

M: A medium bodied beer with a moderate amount of cabonation. There is slight prickle on the palate and a low warmth.

O: If you're a fan of English IPAs you probably be pleased as this is a reserved American IPA that still has brings a good amount of hops just not as much as I'd like for the style. That being said I do like the hops flavor it's just that I want more flavor, bitterness and aroma in my IPA but this could be the basis for an impressive beer.

Photo of brownbeer
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've got mixed feelings about this beer. It's a little dark to be called a pale ale, but that's not new. The nose is made up of leafy, grassy, lemon-limey hops, which is quite apparent in their Noble Pils. The malt bill is doughy and chewier than pils. The lemon-lime hop character is there, which I like, but I liked it first in Noble Pils, and it lacks bitterness. It's a good IPA, and I do enjoy the hops that give it that zest. I just think the Pilsner was great and they should try something new for their IPA besides adding darker, thicker malts. Still a good beer, but when I want an IPA, i'll reach for something else, and when I want that taste, i'll wait for a Noble.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #40 (May 2010):

With American, German and English hops in play here, it looks like they are in the IPA game again.

With bright copper color, this beer's head is not shy at all, leaving a trail of lace down the glass. Thick hop oil aroma and flavor is very Sam Adams. Fresh herbs, clementine juice, earthiness and peppercorns are brought to mind. The creamy, medium body leaves an oily and smooth mouth feel. Bitterness is there, but knows how high to jump. Maltiness is modest, yet brings some sweetness and breadiness for the hops to compete with. Hops obviously prevail, but still leave some room for the malt to settle in the semisweet finish.

Hop flavor is more than noticeable. It exhibits Sam Adams style (of course) and is very oily, rather than pungent. It's good to see them still pushing the envelope with regular- strength beers.

Photo of steelerguy
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Very clear amber, with medium carbonation, 2 finger white head that sticks around for awhile.

S - A bit of sweet and toasted malt with a slight floral hop aroma.

T - A little biscuit malt, a touch of sweetness, slight floral and citrus hop flavor. End with a bitterness level of a Pale Ale.

M - Medium body with nice carbonation.

O - This is an IPA? It is a good pale ale, but don't try to pass this off as an AIPA.

Photo of Outchillen
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ive bought this a couple times now, im not a huge ipa guy, but one of my favs

A: Copper

S: This has a great smell, a little malty, nice mild hops

T: very mild and smooth for an ipa, a light citrus note from the hops

M/D: Mild body, clean aftertaste, I have gotten it before, will get it again, looking forward to the special variety pack of this

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Sam Adams Summer 12 pack.
In a Sam Adams pint glass the beer was copper colored with a thick tan head that retained well. Plenty of lacing.
Aroma of sweet malt and citrus. Vaguely floral. On the muted side.
Mostly grapefruit taste, a little caramel malt. Again, on the timid side.
Not a hop bomb, fairly well-balanced.
Decent IPA.

Photo of Beaver13
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, best by Oct 2011. Pours ruby red amber with a large fluffy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet biscuity crystal malt with some grassy hops and some slight vegetal notes.

The flavor is pretty bland - a little sweet tea-like malt with some acidic, almost metallic, bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with creamy carbonation.

Overall, not too impressed with this IPA.

Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has a freshness date.

Appearance: On top of a rich amber brew sits a thick clingy head. This head is a creamy off white colored foam that lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass and makes cool lace rings and patterns along the way.

Smell: Mostly I get citrusy hop notes with lighter pine notes and some mellow sweet and lightly toasted maltiness.

Taste/Palate: Just like the nose suggested I get plenty citrus and spicy hop notes with mild pine backing it up. This is all set up on a nice malt base with some light caramel malt and bready sweetness. The palate is smooth medium bodied with average balanced carbonation.

Notes: Overall it's a good solid IPA. It's not going to blow away most hopheads but it will offer some nice hops in a very drinkable package.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is poured into into a New Belgium glass.
The beer is a deep amber color with a nice head. I like the color different then the straw yellow of most IPAs.

The aroma is a pleasant mix of hops and malt. The malt is sweet with a slight biscuit. The hops are a slight pungent hops earthy and piny.

The taste on this beer is very unique for an IPA the body of the malt starts sweet as the carbonation builds. The carbonation reveals the taste of the earthy and pine hops. Flavors of honey and molasses come through. The hops reveal a bitterness that is subdued. i like it.

Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz sample bottle of the 2013 version what uses an addition of Mosaic hops among the usual lineup of hops.

LOOK: Clear tawny hue, great showin of lace

SMELL: Herbal, leafy, mild tobacco, resin, orange pith, tropical fruit

TASTE: Big smoothness, slightly chewy, fresh grass, caramel, balanced bitterness, toasted bread, clementines, tobacco, dank herb, lemon pith, peppery, hint of alcohol, floral, hoppy semi-dry finish

Perhaps too balance for a modern IPA, not a horrible thing but that and drinkability seem to be Boston Beer Co.'s first and second priorities. I don't blame them a brand being distributed nationwide wanted to be balanced and drinkable. As for experimenting with new hops, love the layer it adds.

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Notes from May 27th 2012

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Clear reddish amber, perfect head and lacing.

SMELL: Herbal, floral, oily hop, resin, mango, grassy, orange zest

TASTE: Big oily hop, pungent, slightly bitter, smooth, fresh cut grass, leafy, caramel, faint biscuit, clean alcohol, ripe pears, pine, grapefruit rind

Very hop forward, more flavor than bitterness though. The hop character dominates most of the time, perhaps overkill but not to the point that a true hophead could not appreciate. Give it a try.

Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a clear amber body with a two finger offwhite head that deposits some spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma is floral and citrusy hops and some toasty caramel malts.

Medium body and carbonation with some hop oiliness.

Taste opens with a solid floral hop bitterness that moves toward grapefruit midway through. Honeyed crackery pale malt balances nicely. Finishes clean and even with a grainy pale malt aftertaste.

Solid American IPA with a heady blend of English and American hops.

Photo of Billolick
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, notched on the side of the label gives "enjoy before month" freshness info.

Pours clear almond amber, light khaki head. Creamy and staying nicely. Low and thick collar and respectable strands of lace left on the glass.

Light tropical fruit, spiced hops and bready malts in the aromatic nose.

Unspectacular but serviceable IPA, gritty hops, quite drying and astringent, some honey, and warming alcohol, balanced by a healthy bed of medium toasted malts.

Not likely I’d recommend that anybody actively seek this one out (not too hard since this is very widely available), but would work in a pinch. Not high praise, but I cant get too excited about this one…

Photo of codysjb
2.21/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light. Not much hop Profile and more malt forward. Extremely simple and pretty much one sided wwith a generic English ale malt taste and the minorest of bitterness on the palate. Mouthful just screams light and not much there. Overall very generic and virtually any other ipa has more going for it. Not worth grabbing

Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: light brown in color, clear, high carbonation, 1 inch head

Smell: pine and citrus hops, light caramel

Taste: pine and citrus hops, caramel, and biscuit

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet start, big bitter spike in the middle becoming less bitter at the end.

Drinkability: Super drinkable and one of the better east coast ipas to come out recently--although not quite at the same level as Southern Tiers 2xipa. I could have two or three. I have been impressed with the last several Sam Adams new beers--not counting Coastal Wheat--and this continues the positive trend.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear medium orange color with an off-white head. The aroma is grassy and piney hops but is very faint. The flavor is grassy hops with some pine and citrus mixed in but it is a little faint as well. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. There is nothing wrong with this IPA, but it could be a little more aggressive in the flavor and aroma.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Copper color, with about two fingers of off-white head, almost no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very hoppy aroma. Pine and citrus notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Not very smooth, but it is complex with flavors. The usual taste, that I have come to expect from IPAs, hoppy with some pine and carmel notes.

Overall: It is a good beer and I have bought this several times before and continue to enjoy it. I like the idea of using only hops from the latitude of 48.

Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass that is somewhat like an Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear amber with thin off-white head and slight lacing.

Smell: Toasted malts, spicy hops and very slight citrus. Little too mild for an IPA.

Taste: Can taste the three hop regions, with spice, citrus, pine and tea. Decent level of malts - toasted and toffee. Ends quite bitter.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body, very dry finish.

Drinkability: Light, easy drinking IPA with a decent level of bitterness. While I know it is a hybrid, it reminds me more of an English IPA than an American one.

Photo of deebo
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a BB date of Feb 12 into a pint glass.

A-Clear amber with a dense pillowy off-white head that quickly dies but laces the glass.

S-Yep hops-definitely NW US-citrus (tropical grapefruit) is the dominant hop aroma. Weak sweet malted barley also there.

T-Hops upfront (citrus rind mostly) but quickly give way to malted barley taste.

M-Nice body, a bit hop resiny but cleans up faster than any other IPA I can remember. Really like the crisp non-lingering finish. No alcohol bite at all.

D-Very high for an IPA

O-Definitely not a hop bomb like many US IPAs-this one leans more malty vs hoppy. Given that I'm not an IPA fan, would explain why this one may be my favorite. The hops are obvious but balanced very nicely with a significant malty body.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a perfect pint glass (from deconstruction pack).

Pours a nice clear amber color with a small slightly yellow head along with some fine lacing. Nose is well balanced, fairly malty with a fresh grassy citrus note.

Taste is also very well balanced - this is almost more English IPA than American, good malt bill balanced by a hop bite but it's not super bitter. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall, very solid.

Photo of jondeelee
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Latitude 48 IPA opens with a series of aromas typical of the IPA style: citrusy grapefruits and lemons, with just a touch of pine and rose hips. Malts add a touch of toast and grain to the nose, offsetting the hops, and contributing a brown sugar note as well. The aromas as a whole are good and enticing, but quite light, even from only an inch or so away, making me immediately wonder if the beer will suffer from a dearth of hops.

On the tongue, hops are first and foremost, thankfully appearing in greater strength than the nose belied. Grapefruit and grapefruit zest are most prominent, seconded by lemon, and then a touch of pine. A good amount of brown sugar flavor helps to offset the bitter hops, and an equally good thread of toast and biscuit floats in the background, along with touches of orange and apricot. The aftertaste is mainly bitter hops (grapefruit and grapefruit zest), and lingers for a while. Mouthfeel is a slightly watery medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while the hop flavors in here are slightly weak for what many will associate with a craft-brewed IPA (compared to, say, a Rogue Dead Guy), they are certainly far stronger than almost anything you'll encounter in an Anheuser-Busch brew, thus riding the normal Sam Adams line between palatable-to-the-masses and appealing-to-the-craftbrew-crowd. This is not a criticism; there is a place for such a beer. As such, if you're looking to expand your Bud-drinking horizons, but don't want to get your tongue sizzled off by 100+ IBUs of hop fury, this beer is a good place to start, as it will provide you with a good set of flavors that are largely indicative of the style.

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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